Christy Mathewson Cards and Autograph Guide

Christy Mathewson

Date of Birth: 8/12/1880
Rookie Card Year: N/A
Investment Rating: 10.0 (Exceptional)


Player Profile

Christy Mathewson was a gentleman of the game and a sight to behold on the mound according to those who had the fortune of watching him play. He is the only pitcher to appear on the top ten lists for career wins and career ERA. As such, vintage Christy Mathewson cards and autographed memorabilia command top dollar on the secondary market.

Mathewson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as part of its inaugural class in 1936. His body of work and career achievements certainly justify his collectibility in the hobby even today. Mathewson ended his career with some lofty numbers that include 373 wins, 435 complete games, 79 shutouts, and a 2.13 ERA. In addition to this impressive list of statistics, Mathewson is a World Series champion (1905)  and two-time pitching Triple Crown winner (1905, 1908). Mathewson played his entire 17-year career with the New York Giants.

Early Christy Mathewson Cards

Christy Mathewson has numerous pre-War trading cards issued through traditional means of the time period including tobacco, candy, caramel and strip cards. Mathewson's first cataloged cards are from the 1902 Sporting Life Cabinets series. Some of the most highly coveted early Christy Mathewson cards are found within the famed 1909 T206 set, where he has three different cards and 27 total variations.

1902 Sporting Life Cabinets Mathewson #416

1902 Sporting Life Cabinets Mathewson-NY 1902, Uniform #416

This classic portrait of Mathewson is part of a 561 card set. Designated in the American Card Catalog as W600, these cabinet cards measure 5 by 7 1/2 inches. This is one of two cards Mathewson has in the set. It is also the most desirable of the two. The other card shows him in regular clothing as compared to his uniform.

Top eBay Listings

1910-12 Sweet Caporal Pins P2 #92A Christy Mathewson Small Lett EX Giants A12315
$225.00

1910-12 Sweet Caporal Pins P2 #92B Christy Mathewson Large Lett EX Giants A12270
$275.00

1920 W522 CHRISTY MATHEWSON #39 BVG Authentic - RARE!!
$550.00

1909 T206 - CHRISTY MATHEWSON white cap Piedmont baseball card - New York Giants
$9.00

1963 Bazooka ATG # 4 Christy Mathewson (Giants) NM+
$22.50

2014 Panini Hall of Fame Blue Shield 3 Christy Mathewson 25 New York Giants 2f9
$5.25

2014 Panini Hall of Fame Diamond Kings Red #3 Christy Mathewson 75 Card 0b7
$7.99

1911 T205 Christy Mathewson PSA 5 EX HOF NY GIANTS HOF Highest graded on ebay!!!
$1,510.00

1911 T205 Gold Border Christy Mathewson Polar Bear PSA 3 CS106
$636.00

1911 Christy Mathewson T205 Gold Border ** PSA 2 ** Polar Bear
$399.99

1960 NU-CARD BASEBALL HI-LITES #56 CHRISTY MATHEWSON POP 3 PSA 9 B1806719-698
$134.99

Christy Mathewson 1909 - 1911 T206 PSA 350 25 Sweet Caporal
$405.00

1961 TOPPS #408 CHRISTY MATHEWSON SP EXMT *179690
$24.00

1961 TOPPS #408 CHRISTY MATHEWSON NMMT LITE WAX FRONT *121585
$35.00

1961 Golden Press Baseball, #24 Christy Mathewson HOF, PSA 9 Mint
$53.99

1961 Golden Press #24 Christy Mathewson NY Giants EX
$9.95
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Key Cards

Top Christy Mathewson Cards

1909 T206 Christy Mathewson #'s 307, 308, 309

1909 T206 White Borders Christy Mathewson #307  1909 T206 White Borders Christy Mathewson #308  1909 T206 White Borders Christy Mathewson #309

Mathewson has three different 1909 T206 cards, each with a different image. Collectors tend to gravitate to card #307 for it's more realistic facial expression, posed pitching stance and full uniform. When you take into account the numerous variation backs, Mathewson has a staggering 27 total cards in the set. Backs include: American Beauty, Broad Leaf, Cycle, Black Lenox, Brown Lenox, Brown Hindu, Drum, Old Mill, El Principe de Gales, Sweet Caporal, Piedmont, Factory 42, Red Hindu, Polar Bear, UZIT, Sovereign and Tolstoi. There are a total of 524 different numbered cards in the T206 set, each measuring 1 7/16 by 2 5/8 inches.

1910 Red Cross Tobacco Christy Mathewson #48

1910 Red Cross Tobacco Christy Mathewson #48

While this might be considered to be the "poor man's" T206, it will still cost you. Obviously very similar in design to Mathewson's #307 card from the T206 set, this version is highly collectible.

1910 Turkey Reds Christy Mathewson #27

1910 Turkey Reds Christy Mathewson #27

This truly remarkable set would not be complete without Christy Mathewson. The vivid colors and intricate detail of the full-body length pose are truly stunning. Designated as T3 in the American Card Catalog, these over-sized pieces measure 5 3/4 by 8 inches. The set has 131 cards.

1910 White Silks Christy Mathewson #48

1910 White Silks Christy Mathewson #48

The condition-sensitive nature of these pieces, combined with not really being a "card" makes their peculiarity highly collectible. Measuring 1 7/8 by 3 inches, there are a total of 93 cards in the set. They are designated in the American Card Catalog as S74.

1911 Gold Borders Christy Mathewson #133

1911 Gold Borders Christy Mathewson #133  1911 Gold Borders Christy Mathewson #133a

Using the same posed head shot as the Silk card above, T205 cards incorporate traditional card stock and color. Defined by their gold borders, the design elements combine to form an aesthetically pleasing card. While still listed as the same card number, as you can see, there are two different versions of the card. In addition, back variations can be found for various tobacco brands including Hindu, Cycle, Drum and Broadleaf.

1914 Cracker Jack Christy Mathewson #88

1914 Cracker Jack Christy Mathewson #88

The 1914 Cracker Jack card is one of the few cards that depicts Christy Mathewson in an action pose. The bright red background, type font and image detail make it a collector favorite. The cards measure 2-1/4 by 3 inches.

1915 Cracker Jack Christy Mathewson #88

1915 Cracker Jack Christy Mathewson #88

The 1915 Cracker Jack set has always been considered easier to complete due to the fact that the company offered a mail order deal for the set's sophomore season. Collectors were in for a real treat to discover that unlike the other cards in the set, Christy Mathewson's was an entirely different card from the previous year.

Modern Cards

Both of Christy Mathewson's first memorabilia and cut signature cards were produced by Upper Deck. He had a total of four different one-of-one cut signature cards from two different products, 2001 Upper Deck Legends and 2001 Upper Deck Hall of Famers. In each product he has a single cut signature card and another that groups him with his fellow members of the Inaugural Hall of Fame Class of 1936: Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb and Walter Johnson.

Since the, Mathewson has had additional cut signature and memorabilia cards, but in limited numbers. He also has base cards and inserts in many modern products, the majority of which are extremely affordable.

Top eBay Listings

1920 W522 CHRISTY MATHEWSON #39 BVG Authentic - RARE!!
$550.00

1911 T205 Christy Mathewson PSA 5 EX HOF NY GIANTS HOF Highest graded on ebay!!!
$1,510.00

1911 T205 Gold Border Christy Mathewson Polar Bear PSA 3 CS106
$636.00

1911 Christy Mathewson T205 Gold Border ** PSA 2 ** Polar Bear
$399.99

1960 NU-CARD BASEBALL HI-LITES #56 CHRISTY MATHEWSON POP 3 PSA 9 B1806719-698
$134.99

Christy Mathewson 1909 - 1911 T206 PSA 350 25 Sweet Caporal
$405.00

1961 Golden Press Baseball, #24 Christy Mathewson HOF, PSA 9 Mint
$53.99

1920 W522 Christy Mathewson #39 PSA Authentic HOF Hand Cut NY Giants (814-1)
$700.00

Christy Mathewson 1920 W522 #39 PSA Authentic HOF Hand Cut NY Giants (814-2)
$1,400.00

T206 SOVEREIGN CHRISTY MATHEWSON HOF WHITE BORDER VINTAGE 1909-11 BASEBALL PSA 2
$342.80

1911 T205 Gold Border Christy Mathewson "Piedmont" SGC 50 = 4
$749.00

1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal 350 Christy Mathewson White Cap PSA 4 Gorgeous Card!
$2,499.99

1920 W516-1 Christy Mathewson #24 PSA Authentic Hand Cut HOF NY Giants (814-1)
$295.00

1920 W516-1 Christy Mathewson #24 PSA Authentic Hand Cut HOF NY Giants (814-2)
$495.00

1946 - 47 PROPAGANDAS MONTIEL LOS REYES DEL DEPORTE #79 CHRISTY MATHEWSON PSA 2
$500.00

1909 E95 Philadelphia Christy Mathewson SGC 30 - 2
$520.08
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Autograph Guide

Christy Mathewson Autograph Guide

When looking to purchase authentic autographed memorabilia from legendary and long deceased players like Christy Mathewson, great caution is urged. The Cardboard Connection only recommends buying authenticated Walter Johnson signature autographs from one of the reputable authenticationservices in the industry, PSA or JSA. The most common items found to be authentically signed by Walter Johnson include checks and personal documents. Cut signature trading cards from manufactures like Topps, Leaf, Tristar and Upper Deck should also be considered legitimate.

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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

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